Stratford’s Jacob Wittington won the 40-mile route with Sam Padgett and Stefan Lasota from Cheltenham taking the second and third spots.

Shipston-on-Stour’s Andrew Foster took first place on the 100km challenge with Johann Breytenbach second and Paul Turner third.

Michael Fisher from Birmingham came first in the big 100-miler, with Andrew Martin and Brett Green coming in closely behind.

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One participant, Toni Cunningham, said: “I was thoroughly impressed by the level of organisation, all round quality of the event and most significantly the roving marshals who were fantastically helpful, friendly and supportive,”

Hoping to raise between £25-30,000, event organiser Lily Sutton, said: “It was a fantastic day. The atmosphere was amazing and we had some fantastic cyclists really challenging themselves on the hill climbs.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered, and see you next year!”

The Shakespeare Hospice provides care and support to people affected by life limiting illness.

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D8H_2087All photos: Andrew Llewellyn, Designer Photography.